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Friday, 21 Jul 2017 19:58 EATakipchumba@kenyafreepress.com
Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has today challenged President Kenyatta to come clean on the alleged plans to use security apparatus to rig the elections. In a press statement signed by the Secretary-Generals of NASA affiliate Parties the coalition said it was appalled that the Jubilee administration is proceeding with plans to deploy the military internally without the mandatory authorization.
“The Laws of Kenya are clear on what the military can and cannot do and the circumstances under which the President can deploy the military. He must seek the approval of Parliament. That has not happened”, the statement released to the newsrooms said in part.
Their statement comes less than two days after, NASA’s Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga tabled names of 42 police officers who have been deployed on supposed “special mission”.
“NASA wishes to reiterate that we are acting in the interest of and for the love of the nation.”
Furthermore, the opposition leaders say apart from using the police, Jubilee is scheming to deploy military forces in parts of opposition counties with the purpose of terrorizing Kenyans into voting for it (Jubilee).
“We wish to draw the attention of the country to the fact that in addition to using the police, the Jubilee administration has plans to deploy military in parts of the country particularly in the counties of Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Kakamega and Bungoma in the run up to and after elections.
“The intention is to terrorize Kenyans into voting for Jubilee or suppressing NASA supporters to stay at home and not vote,” read part of the NASA’s statement.
The opposition leaders say they have with them the detailed preparations of soldiers from Lanet and Gilgil Units to be unleashed on civilians in Kisii, Homa Bay and Migori. They further said the units from Nakuru are scheduled to be deployed in Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega and Bungoma counties.
The Press statement was signed by Agnes Zani (ODM), Simiyu Eseli (Ford-Kenya), David Sang (Chama Cha Mashinani), Judy Sijenyi (Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya), and Godfrey Osotsi (Amani National Congress)
The deployment of a country’s military troops by a president against a civilian population has no place in a democracy, said the NASA political leaders. Uhuru must not visit such a curse on our country, they added.
Kipchumba is a staff writer/columnist at the Kenya Free Press